A considerable lot of the celebrations in the United States that are connected with Christmas were traditions brought by German and English immigrants. Along with the outstanding and practiced tradition of a brilliantly decorated Christmas tree, different traditions brought by these immigrants include Advent calendars, Christmas greeting cards, gingerbread houses and gingerbread cookies.
Christmas in the United States today can be viewed as focused around family, travel, shopping and decorations.
Family and travel go together during Christmas in the United States since family members need to make trip genuinely long distances to be with each other at one location. The developments of cities that have primarily economic activity, rural areas for residences, and the reality of various industries being found in certain geographic locations, are among the reasons that family members live extraordinary distances from each other in separate states.
Christmas and its festivities in this way exhibit a great opportunity for some individuals from the family to gather in festivity and see each other in a personal setting. The traveling included makes the Christmas season a busy time of the year for rail and air travel.
The event of seeing numerous family members at Christmas is likewise connected to the activity of shopping that is an important feature of Christmas in the United States. The Christmas season formally starts on the Friday in the wake of Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday and which now positions second in shopping for a single day to the Saturday before Christmas.
A great part of the shopping that is done is to buy gifts for friends and family. Gifts for family members are generally exchanged after dinner on Christmas day, when everybody gathers in the room with the Christmas tree. Gifts are generally left at the base of the Christmas tree in the weeks leading the way to Christmas Day.
Gifts may likewise exchange before Christmas at parties held by friends and parties held at working places.
Second to gifts, shopping is additionally done at Christmas for decorations. While the Christmas tree might be the centerpiece of attraction, garlands, wreaths, candles and decorative lighting set outside on lawns or along rooflines are likewise used to make an excellent occasion appearance for homes.
Canadians enjoy Christmas activities that are like those celebrated in the United States. That is so in light of the fact that in the 1700s when some German immigrants in the United States migrated to Canada, they kept on honing a large number of the activities connected with Christmas. The land nearness of the two nations likewise implies they share numerous things, so similarities in Christmas traditions wouldn’t be a special case.
One thing that accounts for the difference between the two nations in any case, is the Eskimo populace in Canada. Eskimos in Canada celebrate a festival during winter and have different traditions that are absence from American Christmas festivities.
A practice additionally exists in Nova Scotia in which little groups of covered people walk around two weeks before Christmas. These masked groups attract attention by making stir with much bell ringing and engaging part in an uproarious escapade in an intend to get candy, sweets and goodies from onlookers.
This tradition bears some similarities to Jonkonoo festivities in the neighboring islands of the Caribbean. Those celebrations additionally include masked people, including some that show up on stilts that make them as tall as trees. The parade of Jonkonoo regales onlookers with different antics and present a minor scare to a few children, who are then calmed with candies and different treats.
In Nova Scotia, onlookers can attempt to quiet the clamor and rowdiness only a little on the off chance that they can accurately figure the personality of the masked person. A right guesses puts a conclusion to the commotion as the mask is evacuated, uncovering the individual. As far as concerns them, maskers additionally get along by well disposed prodding answers from children about whether they have been underhanded or decent and passing out confections and treats as needs be.